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SKIN

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This pertinent, timely, intelligent and incredibly compelling exploration of the relationship we have with our own bodies opens in Bali. Natalie, its protagonist, is uncomfortable in her own skin. Her most recent relationship is long since over and she's become disillusioned with her career as a teacher - adopting a tried-and-tested attempt at self-discovery, she packs her bags to go travelling.

Natalie travels to Bali, New Zealand, Australia, Dublin, rural Ireland and the Netherlands to try and find her place, but her isolation abroad only heightens her sense of unease. Her journey is psychological as well as physical - she is obsessed with her shape, believing herself to be awkward and over-large, recoiling from relationships with men and eating compulsively as a self-destructive reaction to her issues with her weight.

As the narrative unfolds, we gradually become aware of a crucial development in Natalie beginning to take place. This novel engages powerfully with issues that are important to women, and also to people in general, via an incredibly beguiling protagonist - she is intelligent and self-aware, sharp and acute, and able to see the comic side of her predicament. An intensely enjoyable and thought-provoking read.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 145 x 228 x 35mm | 550g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1789540941
  • 9781789540949
  • 38,720

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'From the first page, it's obvious that the reader is in good hands ... The early chapters of Skin capture vividly the alienation of being adrift in a foreign place, unable to assess situations' Irish Daily Mail. 'Engrossing ... Unvarnished, wry and almost wincingly clear-eyed, the narrative covers acres of emotional terrain - from comedy, to tragedy, and the churned-up borderlands in between' Irish Independent. 'As in her debut, [E.M. Reapy] is excellent on writing foreign locations and cultures' Irish Times. 'Engrossing ... Unvarnished, wry and almost wincingly clear-eyed, the narrative covers acres of emotional terrain - from comedy, to tragedy, and the churned-up borderlands in between' Daily Mail.
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About E.M. Reapy

Elizabeth Reapy is an Irish author and tutor. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Queen's University, Belfast and is currently a Dublin UNESCO City of Literature Writer-In-Residence. Her debut novel, Red Dirt, won a Irish Book Award and the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature.
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